Addie Kelsey

Elementary School: Graham and Parks School
College: Harvard University
Major: Undecided (something in the sciences)
Career Aspiration: Not sure yet! Considering teacher / professor or science researcher

Extra Curricula
Cross country, Indoor / outdoor track and field, and Latin club. Outside of school, I've worked at Porter Square Books, interned at Beyond the Fourth Wall, and participated in North Cambridge Family Opera.

Favorite Class at CRLS
Science. I've loved all the subjects I've taken at CRLS, but science has probably been my favorite. Science classes have stood out because of the supportive teachers, challenging yet interesting coursework, and plentiful opportunities to bond with classmates through lab work. I find science as a subject appealing because of its precision and its potential to lead to fascinating discoveries.

Favorite Teacher
Ms. Giacchino and Ms. Hansel. Freshman year Latin class with Ms. Giacchino was the first place where I really felt at home at CRLS. She creates an amazing community from day one, and Latin classes were a highlight of every year. As a senior, I chose to write a thesis on Latin pedagogy, and I couldn't have done it without Ms. Giacchino's enthusiasm and support.

Ms. Hansel managed to make AP Physics not only understandable over zoom, but also enjoyable. She has single-handedly saved my senior spring by making my in-person experience fun and stress-free and by giving me some tangible ideas about my future studies.

What are some of the out-of-school time (OST) programs that you participated in between grades 6 - 12?

How did being enrolled in any OST program(s) contribute to your success in and out of high school?

What did you like most about CRLS? Why?
I like how supportive the CRLS community is. Everyone has such diverse interests, and students are encouraged to blaze a unique path for themselves. No matter who you are or what you're interested in, people at CRLS are excited to support you and assist you in your endeavors.

What is something people unfamiliar with CRLS should know about the school? Why? 
CRLS, like basically everything else, is a better experience in person than online! Climbing five flights of stairs a day and searching for stairwell classrooms is worth it for the random encounters with friends and staff.

Advice to Incoming Freshmen
My best piece of advice would be to take advantage of freshman year and be open to new things. You never know which science lab partner will become your best friend, or which club you'll end up leading in four years. CRLS can be a little overwhelming, but if you're willing to step outside of your comfort zone, there are a lot of amazing opportunities.

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